An Iraqi repatriation flight departed Belarus and arrived in Iraq on Thursday, returning migrants captured during a conflict between Belarusian leaders and the European Union.
The Iraqi move is part of an effort to mitigate the humanitarian crisis at the Belarusian border that has stranded thousands of migrants, many of whom are from the Middle East and are members of the block of neighboring Poland. Trying to reach the European Union via.
The Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs said 430 Iraqis had registered to return to the Boeing 747 operated by the state-owned airline Iraqi Airways, but it was not clear how many boarded the plane. This is just a few of the thousands believed to be in Belarus either on the border or in the capital Minsk, after the Belarusian government facilitated the entry of migrants and encouraged them to join the European Union in retaliation. , European leaders say because of the sanctions imposed by Brock after the controversial 2020 elections.
After leaving Minsk, the flight landed in Erbil in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq on Thursday night, according to flight tracking websites and news media reports. There, 390 returnee Iraqis got off, said civil aviation spokesman Jihad Diwan. The flight then left Elville for Baghdad.
Many Iraqi migrants have stated that they do not intend to return to Iraq, and some suggest that they may seek asylum in Belarus if they cannot find a way to the European Union. , Alexander G. Lukashenko.
Unlike past immigration crises, the majority of these travelers arrived in Belarus by plane, but the main air routes used to reach Minsk from the Middle East were narrowed for several days, to the country. The influx of immigrants is slowing.
On Wednesday, Lebanese civil aviation authorities instructed airlines to allow only Belarusian citizens and travelers with Belarusian visas or residence permits to fly to the country. Last week, travel agencies and disturbed travelers said Iraqis, Syrians and Yemenis were no longer able to fly from Turkey, Iran and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to Minsk.
The flight ban came after a fierce diplomatic campaign by European Union member states that warned of the arrival of thousands of predominantly Iraqi immigrants to Belarus after loosening visa rules in August. Immigrants who wanted a way to the European Union found themselves in a frozen forest camp on the border with Latvia, Lithuania and Poland instead.
Bella Rus denies the fuel of the crisis and said on Thursday that Bellavia’s state airline Bellavia no longer allows citizens from Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Syria and Yemen to fly from Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. rice field. We operate Belta News Agency.
Iraq and the European Union are considering providing incentives for migrants to return home, including cash payments. However, many migrants have borrowed thousands of dollars to take advantage of their life savings and to fund their trips. This can exceed the payments provided by the government.